Reports | June 09, 2009 3:05

Anand beats Leko 5-3

Anand-LekoOn Sunday, Viswanathan Anand won his rapid match against Peter Leko 5-3. The Indian won the second and the fifth match game while all other games ended in a draw.

Peter Leko played his 5th rapid match in a row in Miskolc, Hungary. In 2005, he drew 4-4 against Michael Adams in a match where only the last two games ended in a draw! A year later, the Hungarian beat Karpov 4.5-3.5. In 2007 Leko lost 4.5-3.5 to Kramnik and last year Carlsen proved too strong: 5-3.

This year, from June 2nd to 7th, Leko faced the strongest opponent possible: Viswanathan Anand, the current World Champion and 11-times rapid World Champion. Venue was the National Theater in Miskolc and two games were played on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Earlier we reported that Anand had taken the lead at half time, with one win and three draws. The same scenario was seen in the second half.

In the fourth (and last) Gr?ºnfeld of the match, Anand won with Black in game 5, profiting from the over-ambitious 21.Qc5? and accurately calculating a manoeuver of the queen. Leko defended well and even equalized again due to the mistake 41...Nxc7? but then blundered in heavy time-trouble with 43.Rd3+.

In the 6th game, a Semi-Slav, Anand played well again and even missed a win at some point (29.a5! Qxb2 30.axb6), allowing Leko to escape with a draw. In game 7, following Carlsen-Karjakin, Amber 2009, Leko came up with the new and interesting plan of 14...h5 and 15...Bh6 with which he equalized comfortably.

In the last game of the match, Leko tried 1.e4 for the first time, which was answered by the Caro-Kann, one of the World Champion's favourite openings. Again, Anand proved well prepared as he deviated with 19...Nh4 from the game Leko-Cheparinov, Elista GP 2008, which was won by the Hungarian after 53 moves.

Targetting f4 within a few moves, Black soon grabbed the initiative but never gained something tangible. Leko couldn't prove any advantage either and so also this game ended peacefully.

As expected, Anand clearly showed his supremacy in eight rapid chess games. He got into trouble only once, in game 4, but even there it seems he held quite easily. Leko, who had no convincing answer to Anand's remarkable choice of the Gr?ºnfeld, must be hoping for a slightly weaker opponent in 2010.

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Steve's picture

Is Anand the best chessplayer in the world? No. When will Topolov or Carlsen get their chance to shine?

Zultan's picture

How can Leko play 4-4 against Adams if only the last game ended in a draw?

Peter Doggers's picture

@Zultan Oops that should have been "the last two".

Frits Fritschy's picture

For anybody wondering what happened in the 7th game, the viewer misses the moves 23... Rd8 24 dxc6 Rxd1+ 25 Bxd1.

vivek's picture

Anand is probably the best rapid chess player in the world as of now. No doubt, Topalov, Kramnik, Aronaian or Carlsen are equally good in the classical time control format.

Jagdish Dube.'s picture

I presume OSCAR VOTERS-2008 are more intellectuals than any of us.

Lajos Arpad's picture

Congratulations for Anand. He played briliantly, no doubt he deserves the World Champion title and the chess Oscar.

Zultan: The last two games were drawn in the L?©k??-Adams match.

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